How I Met My Dog Through My Husband

It was raining when I met my dog. Well, it wasn’t the dog that I met that day, but he was part of the bargain, as I eventually found out.

It’s impossible not to talk about how I met my dog without having to talk about my husband. It was raining when I met my husband, Theo. He was coming out of a meat shop and I was coming in. We crossed paths, and I felt something soft nuzzling my leg. It was his dog, aptly named Fur. There was an apologetic smile on Theo’s face, which was followed by an actual apology as he tugged on Fur’s leash. The dog wouldn’t move away from me, and I told Theo it was okay. I was used to dogs, too, after having one for years.


I always thought dogs knew if you were a dog person or not, and Fur’s action affirmed my belief. I told Theo of my dog, Cookie, a beagle, and how she had died of a disease. It was a tough fight, and remembering it still made me teary-eyed. Theo asked me if I wanted to talk about Cookie over coffee.

I didn’t get the meat I needed to buy from the shop, but I’ve had the best coffee of my life. We talked for what seemed like hours, and I pulled some photos of my beagle from my phone to show to him. Fur has been silent the whole time, as if he too was listening. I didn’t think I could feel so at ease with strangers, but there I was, sipping my cup of joe and not minding the time.

When we finally had to part ways, I thanked Theo for the time. It’s amazing how you don’t realize you need to unload some of the things that are bothering you until you find yourself fighting back tears thinking about someone you lost. I can still remember Theo’s smile, and how Fur wagged his tail enthusiastically. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had met my future husband and our first “baby”.

Now, Fur has three puppies in the household, and Theo and I have two kids. The story of how I met my dog is like 101 Dalmatians, without Cruella De Vil making an appearance. Click here for more stories about pets

Simple, Sensible Savings on Multi-Center Holidays

The thing about multi-center holidays (which is simply another term for multi-city holidays) is that not only do they bring multiple doses of joy, excitement and culture, but also potential bumps in the road and scenarios of a less-positive nature. It’s really only a case of common sense – a standard holiday is anything but free of its potential perils here and therefore what is essentially a multiple holiday will see said perils increase in accordance with complexity of the trip.

And it goes without saying that one of the biggest examples of said perils is money – or lack thereof.

A multicenter holiday visiting a handful of places is never going to be as cheap as a bog-standard hop to one resort, but what you take home by way of experiences is priceless. And what’s more, there are plenty of simple and sensible ways and means by which you can make savings and see multicenter holidays becoming perhaps more affordable than suspected.

Consider All Season Peaks

Firstly, just because it’s low-season and thus cheap in one of the places you’re planning to go doesn’t mean it isn’t the busiest and most expensive at the next country on the list. As such, don’t ever fall into the trap of assuming that all nations and regions of the world have the same seasons at the same time – they very much do not. Instead, check out each place one by one and try to pick a route and an itinerary that rules out things like national holidays and festivals – the savings could be enormous.

Book with One Provider

If at all possible, booking through a single provider can lead to massive discounts you would not be able to make use of if booking each leg of the journey with someone else. If this isn’t possible, at least try to cover most of the journey with one provider, which along with savings also gives a single and accessible point of call should anything go wrong, which God-willing it of course will not!

Travel Light…Very!

Try to remember that every single country on the face of the Earth you’re likely to be visiting will have its own contingency of cheap shops scattered around. As such, it can often work out infinitely cheaper to travel as light as possible with hand-luggage only, rather than shelling out time and time again for hold baggage fees. Weigh up how much extra it would cost to get a large bag where you’re planning on going against the costs of picking up what you need when you get there. And of course, travelling light makes life so much easier.

Live Like the Locals

Last up, there’s a reason you’ll scarcely see a local hanging around the tourist traps built for a thousand and one visitors from Manchester and Birmingham – they’re overpriced, of lower quality and about as authentic as a fish n’ chip shop in Baghdad. In order to get a real flavour for anywhere you’re looking at going and also save a small fortune in the process, do your best to live like the locals – even if this means literally following them to see where they all hang out.


Family Fun in the Lake Tahoe Area

Lake Tahoe is one of the best destinations for family fun any time of year. If you’re considering bringing your kids down to see us here consider some of these great family friendly activities.

· Boat Tours

There are a number of excellent options for boat tours around the beautiful Lake Tahoe. The M.S. Dixie II and the Rum Runner Yacht are great examples. Each takes about two hours, each offers a discount for kids, and they both end in Emerald Bay, which every Tahoe visitor should experience. The little ones will get a kick out of the paddlewheel on the Dixie or the exciting history behind the Rum Runner, and multiple decks means that they can offer parents an opportunity for a little space during the vacation.

· Air Tours

Visitors also have several choices to see our beautiful area from the air, depending on how young the kids are and how adventurous everybody feels. Take a leisurely cruise through the clouds in a hot air balloon. Sour over the city and lake on a paragliding trip, or if your budget allows take a private plane or helicopter tour to enjoy this gorgeous area from a bird’s eye view.

· Educational

It may not always be easy to convince your children to visit an educational destination while traveling, but if anything can convince them it’s probably the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center in Reno. If you have an animal lover in the family consider the Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, also in Reno. They’ll have no choice but to enjoy themselves, and they will definitely leave having learned something new and interesting.

· Outdoors

The Tahoe area is filled with outdoor activities for the whole family. Hiking and camping opportunities are everywhere, and fishing isn’t limited to the big lake. You and your family can visit the Tahoe Trout Farm for free, without a license, and they’ll provide bait and tackle. You will be charged only for the fish you catch, and it is only one of multiple pond fishing sites.

· Seasonal

Tahoe is internationally known for its winter sports, but not everyone knows just how many different ways we play in the snow. We offer skiing and snowboarding, but also ice skating and dog sled rides. If you come to see us in the summer consider taking the kids snorkeling or SCUBA diving to enjoy the beautiful wildlife in the lake.